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F303 MPhys Particle Physics with a Research Year Abroad (4 Years)

This four-year MPhys Particle Physics with a Research Year Abroad degree gives a more advanced understanding of particle physics and is intended for our top MPhys students who plan to study for a PhD. Students will also have the opportunity to work at CERN in Geneva in their final year.

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Introducing your degree

Our distinctive MPhys Particle Physics with a Research Year Abroad degree is available to our first-class MPhys students who will be given the opportunity to spend their final year immersed in a research environment at CERN – the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, in Geneva.

You’ll be studying within a leading Physics and Astronomy department; we've been top in the Russell Group for student satisfaction for the past three years (National Student Survey).

We are committed to excellence in research and teaching and provide an in-depth understanding of modern physics.

Why not find out more about this degree from a current student?

Ali Farzaneh Far
Working at CERN has been extremely exciting. Aside from the opportunity to contribute to the experiments and learn a great deal from those with whom I’ve worked, I’d have to say the most rewarding and entertaining part is attending talks from leading experts in all area of physics.
Ali Farzaneh Far, MPhys Particle Physics with a Research Year Abroad, 2015


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The MPhys Particle Physics with a Research Year Abroad will build upon the MPhys Physics programme and give you a more advanced understanding of particle physics. This flagship programme is intended for students who wish to go on to study for a PhD. We aim to give you the skills and experience that will put you ahead of your peers.

Our MPhys students have the option to move into these programmes once they have arrived in Southampton and established themselves as first-class students – typically you will move into the programme in your second year. Your courses will then be carefully coordinated to fast track you in three years to the frontier of knowledge in particle physics.

Your final year will be spent at CERN contributing to work on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiment, where you can help build detectors and analyse their data. The LHC is the highest energy proton collider ever constructed and results from the programme are expected to revolutionise our understanding of physics.

View the 2017/18 programme specification document for this course

View the 2018/19 programme specification document for this course


Our MPhys Physics programmes are accredited by the Institute of Physics

Programme Structure

Students undertake four years of study. Each year there are compulsory modules. However, the degree has been designed to maximise student choice by allowing you to tailor the degree structure to suit your own interests

To Apply

All undergraduate applications for Physics and Astronomy should be made online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Find out how to apply and get further details about UCAS' website, phone and contact details.

Key Facts

99 per cent of Physics and Astronomy students were satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of their course (National Student Survey 2017)

We rank third for overall satisfaction in Physics and Astronomy out of all UK Higher Education Institutes (NSS 2017)

We are 11th in the UK and top 100 in the world for Physics and Astronomy (QS World Rankings by Subject 2018)

100 per cent of our Physics and Astronomy research has been rated world leading or internationally excellent for its impact on society (REF 2014)

Our courses are accredited by the Institute of Physics

Our degrees open the door to a range of jobs – our graduates go into careers in areas as diverse as broadcasting, business, teaching, research and medical physics

Welcome to Physics and Astronomy at Southampton

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
A Level

AAA, including AA in Mathematics and Physics


GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or above

Alternative qualifications:

We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard to an A level applicant.

International applicants:

We welcome applications from international students. Visit our international site for more information about our international student community, support and how to apply.

Mature applicants:

We welcome applications from mature students. If you will be over 21 at the start of your proposed degree programme, you are eligible for exemption from our normal entry requirements. However, you will be required to provide evidence of having completed recent study (eg Access, Return to Study, Open University foundation courses) and of your capacity to pursue the course.

Selection process:

We select students on the basis of a UCAS application.
UCAS code: F303
Course title: MPhys Particle Physics
Course duration: 4 years


Year 4

Career Opportunities

Our flagship programmes will give you first-hand experience of working on cutting-edge research problems. You’ll graduate from MPhys Particle Physics with a Research Year Abroad with the skills and experience you need to get ahead of your peers. 

The MPhys Particle Physics with a Research Year Abroad programme will prepare you for PhD study – and the international reputation of the department means one third of Physics and Astronomy students go onto do PhDs across the world. But if that’s not the route you want to go down, with the knowledge and skills you’ll develop, you’ll be able to choose from many career paths. Our recent Physics and Astronomy graduates are working in careers ranging from medical physics, meteorology, and software engineering, through to finance, law and teaching.

You’ll develop a number of key transferable skills on your degree programme, including mathematical modelling, analytical thinking, presentation and computing. We also teach a second year careers module, which includes talks from employers, CV and interview guidance, and connects you with employers and work experience opportunities.

Learn about our placement opportunities. 

Find out more about careers support in Physics and Astronomy. 

Through an extensive blend of networks, mentors, societies and our on-campus startup incubator, we also support aspiring entrepreneurs looking to build their professional enterprise skills. Discover more about enterprise and entrepreneurship opportunities.

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,250 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

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Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Particle Physics Research Project (PHYS6016)
For AY 2016/17 onwards: The stay at CERN will typically be for 8 months. Payable home accommodation will be provided by RAL staff, and tuition fees will be charged at 15% of the standard level. A £500 Southampton Opportunity scholarship will be awarded to help cover for the difference in living costs between Southampton and Geneva and the purchase of at least one return flight.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

Approved CalculatorsCandidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
TextbooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.

Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Printing and Photocopying CostsIn the majority of cases, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here:

In some cases you’ll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at


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